• Sigrid Ronaasen

    Sigrid Ronaasen
    • Artist Statement
      • I started drawing pictures from the time I could hold a pencil. As I am mostly self-taught, I used to experiment with paints, pastels and charcoal without really knowing any particular techniques. I taught myself to paint portraits, probably breaking all the rules in the process. When I was at university my fellow students would ask me to do their portraits, so I ended up getting plenty of practice. During ballet rehearsals there were often long periods of inactivity, when I would sketch other dancers. Once my children started play school I was able to start art classes, particularly in oil painting. For the first time I learnt actual techniques in how to get proportions right and how to mix colours. Today I still attend classes because they inspire me and provide encouragement and feedback.
    • Interview
      • What is your favourite film of all time?

        What music are you currently listening to and why?
        The latest hits, thanks to my daughters. It helps me understand their thinking. Some of it is awful, but others can be really good. I love the Pussycat Dolls!When I need relief from it all I listen to 60’s music, and older.

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        I can’t think of any specific names, but I love functional works of art. There’s something about objects which are both useful and a joy to behold that I particularly admire. Also, people like Heath Nash, who have found a way of creating beautiful things out of supposed junk.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Van Gogh for his passion, Klimt for the beauty of his work and Munch because he used art to express his emotions.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Years ago I went to an exhibition of Salvador Dali’s work. It showed me that the work one does expresses one’s experiences in life, be they good or bad.

        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
        How do you do it? Answer: I paint what I see.

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
        It’s something I’ve always felt driven to do, so I guess it’s in my genes. The most encouragement I received was from my mother. Although not an artist herself, she saw the potential in me, and did her best to unlock it.

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is.

        I do most of my work at home .It is where I feel most comfortable and confident to work in my own style. I also joined Wilma du Toit’s art classes in Newlands just over 2 years ago, and she has been a great help and inspiration.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        I see each painting as a personal journey. Sometimes it’s so hard it exhausts me, but it’s endlessly rewarding. The way I can lose all track of time while I focus on what I’m painting is wonderfully therapeutic and energizing.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Producing a calendar of my work to raise funds for animal shelters

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        To continue painting subjects which inspire me, particularly expressing movement on canvas. To have an exhibition, if possible.